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GNPC dismisses alleged new CEO claims of misappropriation against Dr K.K. Sarpong

The Senior Staff Union (SSU) of GNPC is firmly backing their CEO, Mr. O-A Danquah, in his stellar leadership and is appalled by unsubstantiated publications

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has dismissed media reports suggesting that the current acting CEO, has alleged that his predecessor, Dr K.K. Sarpong, misappropriated 12 million United States dollars while in office.

Reports in some sections of the media suggested that a group calling itself concerned staff of GNPC, petitioned the board over the said misappropriation while accusing the new CEO Opoku Ahweeneh Danquah, of smartly concealing 100 million United States dollars the Corporation received from Jubilee Holding Lifting in his financial report.

However, in a statement issued by the Public Affairs Directorate of the GNPC, the organization described the publications as “false media reports suggesting confusion within the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)”.

“The Senior Staff Union (SSU) of GNPC is firmly backing their CEO, Mr. O-A Danquah, in his stellar leadership and is appalled by unsubstantiated publications” the statement read.

Quoting from another statement released by the Senior Staff Union (SSU), the GNPC stated as follows;

“The Executive body of the Senior Staff Union wishes to state on record that we have not received any complaint or grievance whatsoever from any person or group regarding the conduct of our Chief Executive”.

“Indeed, there is currently industrial harmony, and the prevailing atmosphere in the Corporation is one of calmness” the SSU noted.

Making a case in support of the leadership of the acting CEO who took office in April 2022, after Dr K.K. Sarpong retired, the GNPC statement noted; “Mr Danquah has brought on board some positive energy to the operations of GNPC and is determinedly steering the corporation in the right direction”.

“There is indeed a general sense of hope and great expectations amongst staff. Contrary to false reports that the CEO has provided misleading information about the finances of GNPC and unprofessional conduct, Mr. Danquah since taking over as CEO has actively instituted cost-saving measures and improved capacity building for staff in key areas to upgrade their knowledge and competencies to help GNPC execute its mandate as the National Oil Company of Ghana” the GNPC statement read.

To effectively utilize the skillsets of staff and diversify their knowledge base, the GNPC further indicated that “Mr. Danquah has made cross-functional movements consistent with industry practice as well as GNPC’s Corporate Plan in compliance with the Conditions of Service, after obtaining Board approval”.

“These movements are aimed at energizing the corporation to respond to current global trends in the oil and gas industry. The management of GNPC and Staff assures the general public and all stakeholders that it is unwaveringly focused on its ultimate goal of increasing oil and gas reserves for the country and profoundly impacting the livelihoods of all Ghanaians” the GNPC statement concluded.

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